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Malik Willis

#2 QB,

Titans

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ACTUAL 2022

19 FPTS

RANK:55

2023 SEASON

21 FPTS

RANK:52

AGE

24 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'1'' / 219 lbs

COLLEGE

Liberty

Quiet sophomore season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-14

Willis completed four of five passes for 74 yards during the 2023 season with the Titans. He added five rushes for 21 yards.

Willis appeared in only three games during the season, the latest of which came in Week 8. His only pass attempts came in Week 6 in relief of Ryan Tannehill, and he otherwise spent much of his season as the third-string quarterback. With Tannehill's tenure in Tennessee almost certainly over, Willis may enter the 2024 campaign as the backup to Will Levis (foot).

Inactive in Week 11

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-19

Willis (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Willis has served as the backup to Will Levis with Ryan Tannehill (ankle) sidelined. However, with Tannehill active Sunday, Willis will serve only as the emergency third quarterback.

No pass attempts

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-30

Willis did not attempt a pass in Sunday's 28-23 win over the Falcons. He rushed the ball twice for four yards.

Willis was expected to earn some reps under center alongside Will Levis with Ryan Tannehill sidelined (ankle), though he found himself on the field for only two snaps. Given the success Levis had in producing explosive plays, it's unlikely Willis sees an expanded role in the Titans' Week 9 matchup against Pittsburgh.

Likely part of QB timeshare

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-27

Head coach Mike Vrabel said Friday that both Willis and Will Levis will take snaps at quarterback Sunday against the Falcons with Ryan Tannehill (ankle) ruled out for Week 8, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Vrabel made similar comments about the Titans' quarterback situation earlier in the week when Tannehill's status for Sunday's game looked to be in doubt, and the coach hasn't named a fill-in starter even with Tannehill having now been officially ruled out. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Wednesday that Levis is being prepped for the start and is expected to see the bulk of the playing time behind center, and even if that comes to pass, Willis is still expected to have a role in the game plan. If the two quarterbacks don't alternate series, the Titans could make use of the more mobile Willis by deploying him as a change-of-pace option behind Levis.

Expected to give way to Levis

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-25

With Ryan Tannehill (ankle) considered unlikely to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Titans are preparing Will Levis to handle the bulk of the playing time at QB on Sunday against the Falcons, with Willis also a candidate to see action in the contest.

Look for added context regarding the Titans' signal-caller situation to emerge in the coming days, but if Tannehill is indeed ruled out ahead of Week 8 action, it looks like the 2-4 team is inclined to give Levis the initial opportunity to fill in this weekend. Though the report suggests that Willis could see playing time versus Atlanta, the possibility of a time-share tilted in Levis' favor diminishes Willis' potential to make a fantasy impact Sunday.

Enters in relief

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-15

Willis completed four of five passes for 74 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Ravens. He added three rushes for 17 yards.

Willis entered the game in relief of an injured Ryan Tannehill (ankle) early in the fourth quarter and led a comeback effort for the Titans. His stat line looks positive, though he benefitted significantly from a 48-yard catch and run from Tyjae Spears that came almost entirely after the catch. While Willis showed off some ability with his legs, he also took four sacks that ultimately stalled a long drive. The Titans will head into a bye week, which will give Tannehill the opportunity to get healthy. However, it's also possible that Willis or Wil Levis will line up for a Week 8 start against the Falcons.

Will serve as No. 2 QB

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-10

Willis is active and will serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill, Joe Rexrode of The Athletic reports.

Willis and rookie second-round pick Will Levis were competing for the top backup spot during preseason action, and it appears the former has won the job for now, as the latter is a healthy scratch for Week 1. Willis struggled in limited action last year but will be the first man up if Tannehill is sidelined again in 2023.

Mixed bag in extensive action

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-25

Willis completed 15 of 20 passes for 211 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Friday's 23-7 preseason win over New England.

Ryan Tannehill played three snaps without throwing a pass attempt, while Will Levis (thigh) was held out entirely despite saying Wednesday that he expected to be ready. Willis surprisingly ran for only 17 yards despite playing the entire night after the first drive, instead providing an entertaining mix of good and bad plays with his right arm. He and Levis have been competing for the No. 2 QB job this summer, and the winner heading into Week 1 won't necessarily retain the spot throughout the season.

Showcases rushing ability

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-19

Willis completed 10 of 17 passes for 85 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's 24-16 preseason win over the Vikings. He added 11 rushes for 91 yards.

Willis was the only Titans quarterback to take the field, and he got a lot of valuable reps in the process. His results were inconsistent as he missed a couple open receivers and also threw a pick, though he also showed more poise in the pocket and delivered a number of accurate passes down the field. Willis also showcased his rushing ability, providing multiple paths to big plays. He is battling Will Levis (lower body) for the backup quarterback job and has taken a step forward as he heads into his second professional season.

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